These pan-fried plantain and green curry tofu bowls are an easy way to add variety to lunch or dinner.
These bowls were inspired by the La Original arepa from Quiero Arepas at Avanti in Denver. If you haven’t had an areapa from Quiero Arepas you are sorely missing out. Perfectly fluffy, hot arepas are stuffed with black beans, creamy avocado, cool chimichurri sauce, and sweet fried plantains. For just $9 you get all the deliciousness (and usually 2 meals-worth of food – the leftovers are just as yummy!).
But since I’m not an expert at making arepas, I wanted to take the flavors I love to a dish that’s a lunch staple in our house: grain bowls. Like the arepas, these bowls have sweetness from the pan-fried plantains along with the garlic black beans. However, to change things up I went with an Asian twist by using green curry paste and freshly grated ginger in place of the chimichurri. I also added tofu for an extra dose of protein and subbed nutty farro for the fluffy arepa.
As I always keep beans, some sort of whole grains, and veggie broth on hand, these bowls were super easy and cheap to make. I even had some green curry paste in the fridge from making this Simple Chickpea Curry with Cauliflower Rice a month or two ago. If you’re feeling more ambitious than I was, these bowls would also be delicious with the addition of roasted vegetables. For the plantains, make sure to use one that is mostly yellow (rather than all green), otherwise you’ll end up with very hard and starchy plantains.
With Thanksgiving come and gone we are now moving into my absolute favorite time of the year! I just love all the holiday decorations everywhere, drinking specialty coffee and hot chocolate drinks, watching holiday movies, and listening to Christmas music. As we had to combine Thanksgiving and Christmas while my in-laws were out, my apartment is already decked out in Christmas decorations, which made waking up this Monday morning a little more cheerful!
So here’ a toast to the holiday season!
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